A gun rights group says more than 750 Ohio educators have expressed interest in a firearms training program announced after 20 children and six educators were killed at a Connecticut school.
The Buckeye Firearms Association was accepting applications for 24 spots in a free, three-day class to train teachers to use firearms. It said costs for the Armed Teacher Training Program would be covered by its educational foundation and outside donations.
According to the organization, 765 applicants signed up for the three-day class aimed at training teachers in all aspects of gun skills.
Nearly 40 percent of those who signed up were women. More than 50 percent represented high school teachers and staff.
The number of people from urban and rural schools was nearly even.
The foundation's president told the Dayton Daily News the response from hundreds of educators has been overwhelming.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has said he would support allowing trained school officials access to a gun during classes if he were a school board member, but also said such decisions should be up to each district.